[ puhk-er ]
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verb (used with or without object)
  1. to draw or gather into wrinkles or irregular folds, as material or a part of the face; constrict: Worry puckered his brow.

  1. a wrinkle; an irregular fold.

  2. a puckered part, as of cloth tightly or crookedly sewn.

  1. Archaic. a state of agitation or perturbation.

Origin of pucker

1590–1600; apparently a frequentative form connected with poke2; see -er6 and for the meaning cf. purse

Other words from pucker

  • puck·er·er, noun
  • un·puck·ered, adjective

Words Nearby pucker

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How to use pucker in a sentence

  • Joan thought hard for a minute, with a pucker in her white brow.

    Two Little Travellers | Frances Browne Arthur
  • Aunt Betsy said she feared they had not sewed the braid on straight or the pants wouldn't pucker so at the knees.

    Watch Yourself Go By | Al. G. Field
  • Elizabeth looked up with a worried pucker between her girlish brows.

    And So They Were Married | Florence Morse Kingsley

British Dictionary definitions for pucker


/ (ˈpʌkə) /

  1. to gather or contract (a soft surface such as the skin of the face) into wrinkles or folds, or (of such a surface) to be so gathered or contracted

  1. a wrinkle, crease, or irregular fold

Origin of pucker

C16: perhaps related to poke ², from the creasing into baglike wrinkles

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